Dinner Dance Safari Style

On Saturday 25th November over 80 members and associates of Kingston and Elmbridge Scuba Club partied the night away at the Chessington World of Adventures Safari Lodge.

The night was full of fun and frolics, beautiful dresses and smart evening wear; so much so that at times I found it hard to recognise members dressed so smartly without their “tale tale” Mares branded mask, or black stealth rubber gear, or white fins and groovy head bandannas!

Jacqui and her team had done a sterling job arranging the whole evening, even down to each table having themes of famous sunken wrecks.  (I think there were even a few drunken wrecks at the end of the night too 😉 ) 

The three course meal with coffees, mints, lots of wine and a big Ferrero Rocher table decoration on each table was fantastic.  The DJ I think got out of the 1960s a few times, and into the 70s, maybe 80s, but the main thing was everyone merrily bopped away until midnight.  The photobooth was another great success…some of the photos are below.  (anyone want their photo removing from evidence please let me know!)

One of the main reasons we come together is to recognise those standing amongst us who have put a lot into the club over the years or screwed up big style.  We cover both ends of the spectrum with our awards so no one can truly feel missed out or inadequate about their diving knowing that someone screwed up bigger than anyone else in the last year.  (Winner’s table below) 😉

However, very much on the winner side and someone who received a special prize for longest service to the club was Welfare Officer Shirley Deluce with 40 years continued involvement in the club.  Not only has Shirley been involved in the club as long as I have been alive (had to get that in), but she has been a real encouragement to newbies like myself coming through, organising try dives and holidays to Portland as well as abroad with her husband Brian.  Thank you Shirley!


Photos from the night…

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So to our list of winners:


Trophy \ Awards What It’s For 2017 Winner
Marion Trophy Done Most for The Club In 2017 Jackie Maskell
Chairman Cup Most Help to Chairman In 2017 Paul Eyden
Best Trainee Years Progress Dave Miller
Wooden Spoon Hywel’s 1st Open Water Dive Tony Porter
Most Time\Days Diving This Year 2017 Amount of Diving (Dive Officer) Len Hards
Best Wreck Photo Best UK \ Overseas Dive Photo 2017 Lucy Evans
Best Social Photo Best Photo at Club Or On Holidays\Trips No Entries
Best Sea Life Best Photo Underwater Lucy Evans
Jeff Betts Trophy Best Presented Find Dave Tresidder
John Parker Trophy Best Underwater Find Dave Tresidder
Crawley Cup Best Crustacean No Entries
Life Saver Sea Life Saver No Entries
Best Underwater Video Overseas or UK Dave Tresidder
Presentations \ Flowers Bar Long Service Eileen
40 Years Service to The Club Welfare Officer Shirley Deluce